History of Europe from the Commencement of the French Revolution in 1789 to the Restauration of the Bourbons in 1815 Volume 5

History of Europe from the Commencement of the French Revolution in 1789 to the Restauration of the Bourbons in 1815 Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...in the midst of insurgent nations, when he was contending for his very existence in his own dominions, became now strikingly apparent; they at once detached from his standards a vast army, w'nicl', if collected together, might have enabled him still to make head against his enemies, but which, in the foreign fortresses, served as so-many beacons scattered through the enemy's territory, which at once recalled the recollection of past oppression, and indicated the undiminished resolution to resume it. This extraordinary resolution on the part of the French Emperor to abandon, even in-his last extremity, none of the strongholds which he held in any, part of Europe, and which cost him, from first to last, a hundred and eighty thousand of his best troops, whom it compelled to surrender to bodies, little superior in number, of ill-disciplined landwehr and militia, which beleaguered their walls, was, beyond all doubt, one of the greatest causes of his fall; and it atfords a memorable example of the manner in which revolutionary'ambition overleaps itself, and throws its votaries down on the other side. E33 1"'"Y The forces which the allied powers had collected by the end of Pu--cc December to co-operate in the projected invasion of France and Schwart zenberg. Italy, were thus disposed. The Grand Army, still underthe immediate direction, as in the former campaign, of Prince Schwartzenbcrg, numbered two hundred and sixty thousand combatants; and, even after deducting the usual number of sick an'd'non-elfective, might be expected to bring two hundred thousand sabres and bayonets-into-the field. Its composition, however, was heterogeneous, and though it boasted the imperial guards of Russia, Prussia, and Austria within its ranks, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 468 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 830g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236936485
  • 9781236936486